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The most sought after jobs in the UK

When searching for a new job, you probably don’t spend too much time thinking about how many other jobseekers are interested in a specific role. The focus tends to be on making your own application as great as possible. But asking yourself what the most sought after jobs actually are could help set yourself apart from the competition.

We recently asked ourselves that very question. To find out the answer, we put out thinking caps on and analysed the 600,000+ open job adverts on our site in November 2020, looking into the job titles with the highest click rates (calculated as clicks/ads) to reveal the 30 most in demand job roles across the UK. Here’s what we found.


Flight Attendant/ Cabin Crew is the most sought after job in the UK, with an average click/ad rate of 24.1 across just 14 job ads. We’ve seen demand for these jobs being pushed up as the pandemic has created high redundancies across airlines, with UK-based airlines British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and EasyJet cutting over 16,600 jobs between them. The average advertised salary for a Flight Attendant is just £19,893, but this isn’t putting off the 1000s of recently laid-off flight crew competing for the limited number of available jobs.

Similarly, Events Executive – another of the jobs most affected by the pandemic – is another of our most sought after roles, coming in at 8th with an average click/ad rate of 13.1 across just 30 job ads. Events Manager also features at 23rd, with an average click/ad rate of 9.0 across 154 job ads. The events industry has been severely impacted by the pandemic with over 7,400 redundancies across theatre and live events, according to creative union Bectu.

Encouragingly, not all of the most sought after jobs are in industries experiencing redundancy pain. Bicycle Courier positions feature 26th, with an average click/ad rate of 8.6, and 2,352 positions available. This role has soared in popularity over the last year as the pandemic has driven up demand for home-deliveries and takeaway services. The role also offers flexible options for workers to earn extra cash around other employment.

Overall, Door Supervisor positions, security roles at venues such as bars, clubs and restaurants, are the second most sought after positions, with an average click/ad rate of 21.7 and advertised salaries of £20,002.

The job role with the third highest click/ad rate of 19.9 is Private Chef, where advertised salaries average £30,018. Head Pastry Chef also features on the list at 18th, revealing Britain as a nation of food-lovers.



Creative roles are in high demand

Creative roles feature prominently on our list of most sought after UK jobs, as the pandemic has pushed more Brits to seek creatively fulfilling careers. Make-up Artist has the 9th highest click/ad rate at 12.5, Digital Graphic Designer is 10th at 12.2, and Blogger is 11th on the list at 11.5 despite just 24 Blogger roles being available.

Other jobs that have become popular over the last year include Activism Officer (19th, 9.6) and NHS Administrator (28th, 8.4), reflecting a growing spotlight on Diversity & Inclusion and environmental activism, as well as the critical year for the NHS. 

The highest paid role featuring on the top 30 list is Chief Operating Officer, where advertised salaries average £68,174, and 155 roles are available. This is followed by Head of Retail at £53,518 and 30 roles available. 


Table 1: The 30 most sought after jobs in the UK

RankJobAverage clicks/adAverage advertised salary
1Flight Attendant/ Cabin Crew24.1£19,893
2Door Supervisor21.7£20,002
3Private Chef19.9£30,018
4Executive Secretary19.2£31,066
5Personal Assistant16.7£20,039
6Non-Executive Director15.1£37,614
7Bricklaying Supervisor13.5£26,984
8Events Executive13.1£33,741
9Make-up Artist12.5£20,633
10Digital Graphic Designer12.2£28,225
12Studio Assistant11.3£31,009
13Human Resources Office Administrator11.2£22,000
14Learning Development Partner11£39,640
15AML (anti money laundering) Analyst10.5£39,893
16Front of House Receptionist10.1£22,585
17Executive Assistant Office Manager10£29,300
18Head Pastry Chef9.7£29,516
19Activism Officer9.6£21,568
20Head of Retail9.4£53,518
21Office Facilities Manager9.3£36,850
22Chief Operating Officer9.2£68,174
23Events Manager9£35,064
24Marketing Graduate8.7£23,491
25Team Assistant Administrator8.7£21,550
26Bicycle Courier8.6£22,808
27Marketing Events Coordinator8.6£29,036
28NHS Administrator8.4£20,118
29Project Administrator8.2£24,878
30Editorial Assistant7.9£19,545


Overall, 25 of the 30 most sought after UK jobs offer lower remuneration than the current average advertised UK salary of £36,903, showing money isn’t everything when it comes to filling a role.

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